Public Invited to Share Their Views on Plans for Former Porcelain Factory

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Members of the public will have the chance to view and comment on the Masterplan for the former Royal Worcester Porcelain factory during a public consultation next week.

Images and information about the development will be on display in the Lower Hall of the Guildhall from 11am to 3pm on 3 July 2013. Members of the Project Team will be available to answer questions and explain the plans.

The Bransford Trust is currently developing plans for the refurbishment of the former Royal Worcester works to provide the people of Worcester, particularly young people, with a centre for artistic and cultural development.

There will be facilities for visual and performing arts, galleries, open-air markets and craft workshops alongside relevant commercial spaces, such as restaurants and shops.

The Bransford Trust has engaged a small team from the University of Worcester to act as Project Managers during the design and construction phase. The University has extensive experience in the refurbishment of historic buildings and has valuable links with the art community in Worcester as well as being a provider itself.

A local firm, KKE architects, have been appointed to work up the design for the refurbishment of the buildings and to obtain planning permission.

Colin Kinnear, Bransford Trust Chairman, said: “Our vision is to create an area in which all the arts can thrive and where the good work being done elsewhere in the City can be built upon. The site has been empty for some time and needs to be preserved as a treasured record of the manufacturing, artistic and craft skills associated with the world-renowned Royal Worcester Porcelain.

"We aim to create a vibrant and transformative new centre, which will enhance the quality of life for citizens and visitors alike.”

Dr Martin Doughty, the University’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Capital Developments), said: “This site provides exciting opportunities for the cultural development of Worcester. It will create a high quality environment that fosters artists and regenerates a neglected area of the City. We are delighted to share our knowledge and expertise to mutual benefit.”

Vincent Kirk, Architect at KKE, added: “We are proud to be working with the Trust to create a completely new destination in the heart of Worcester.”